Temper tantrums are developmentally appropriate for little ones. That doesn't make them easier to deal with. Here's what works.
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Temper tantrums are the way that young children express emotions they are not developmentally able to express in other ways. Does knowing that the kicking and screaming is completely developmentally appropriate make it any easier for parents to deal with? Sometimes.
In this episode, we discuss the differences between tantrums and meltdowns, what the most common tantrum triggers are, and the most helpful ways for us to react when our little ones are going Full Ham Freakout.
Here are links to some writing on the topic that we mention in this episode:
Stanford Children’s Health: Temper Tantrums
Sarah and Larry Nannery for Psychology Today: What Is the Difference Between a Meltdown and a Tantrum?
Shaun Dreisbach for Parents: How to Deal with Toddler Temper Tantrums
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